An antique, very rare 25 bore antique Scottish flintlock belt pistol formed entirely of steel. Signed R.S. and dated 1723. Multi stage barrel faceted flaring muzzle, The median overlaid with engraved silver panels. Small silver flower heads on diamond shaped panels, 15.5cm. The breech incorporating the backlight inlayed with a pair of silver flower head roundels and the date 1723 on a silver strip. Rounded lock signed R.S. beneath the pan. Moulded steel full stock engraved with pairs of lines inlayed with an engraved panel of silver beneath the for-end. Heart shaped pommel engraved ensuite and enclosed by a band of engraved silver at the top, fitted with spirally engraved pricier, the trigger decorated ensuite, slender steel belt hook with bracket of shaped outline. Moulded ramrod pipe and steel ramrod. Overall length, 24.5cm. For a discussion of this distinctive form of pistol see W.Reid 1963, PP.26-30.
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